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Since 2003, the USG has been working with churches & their faith-based affiliates to implement age appropriate youth programs focused on delay of sexual debut, abstinence & faithfulness. Recent research findings indicate that 14.4% of males & 4.4% of females in Namibia initiated sex before age 13, and in 2004 the HIV infection rates among pregnant girls ages 13-19 and 20-24 were 9.9% & 18.7% respectively, an indication of risky sexual behavior among youth that requires persistent intervention. In FY07, Pact will use the results of a USG evaluation of prevention activities to improve curricula, techniques, & prevention strategies to promote AB messages among youth & other at-risk populations. The PACT AB prevention program will use grants & targeted technical assistance to support 6 faith-based organizations (FBOs) & two multi-purpose centers to deliver quality AB prevention interventions in all 13 regions of Namibia. The program will build local capacity for Namibian organizations to be viable & growing HIV/AIDS service delivery organizations in the long term. The organizational capacity program is coupled with a focused TA plan of developing the technical capacity of sub grantees to delivery AB prevention.
The Evangelical Lutheran Church in Namibia (ELCIN) aims to reduce the rate of HIV-prevalence among youth 14-25 through delay of sexual debut, abstinence until marriage & discouraging risky behaviors among sexually active youth. ELCIN works nationally but also in the Oshiwambo-speaking North. ELCIN will adapt a 15-session Christian Family Life Education curriculum that has been evaluated in FY06 to train 75 peer educators & other program facilitators. In FY07, ELCIN will reach 100 Lutheran congregations (3,500 youth) with AB life-skills messages & 2,000 with "A" only messages.
Catholic AIDS Action (CAA) will use strong participatory learning strategies to empower youth to understand more about HIV infection & AIDS, & develop personal strategies & skills to prevent infection. 175 trained, supervised peer educators will implement these curricula throughout Namibia, reaching 7,000 youth. Peer educators will be provided with a modest stipend for each course & receive supervision by CAA staff during implementation. The program aims to reduce new HIV infections & ensure that OVC supported by CAA also have access to AB prevention messages.
The Apostolic Faith Mission (AFM) will continue to use its network of 110 local congregations to offer AB prevention messages in Otjozondjupa, Otjikoto, Oshana, & Ohangwena regions. AFM will strengthen community outreach activities to deliver age appropriate HIV/AIDS prevention messages. AFM will reach 5000 individuals by promoting risk avoidance & risk reduction strategies, & address social, cultural, & gender norms in their programming. They will reach 3000 people with A messages only. To achieve these targets, AFM will train 100 volunteers on AB strategies in communities, schools & churches, as a component of their broader holistic program which includes home-based care, counseling/bi-directional referrals to treatment facilities, & OVC care & support.
Change of Life Style (COLS) focuses on preventive early intervention & advocacy for children who are at risk of criminal behavior or who are already in conflict with the law, They work through churches & FBOs in Khomas & Erongo to educate at-risk youth age 8-16 about HIV prevention, negotiation, conflict resolution, critical thinking, decision making, & communication. They aim to improve the self-esteem of youth & arm them with the ability to make informed choices, postpone sex until mature enough to protect themselves, delay sexual onset,promote secondary virginity, & remain faithful to one tested partner. In FY07, COLS will partner with 20 local churches & FBOs to support TOT & refresher training, participatory workshops, small group discussions, parent-child programs, & offer recreation activities that enhance HIV prevention knowledge & responsible decision making. COLS will reach 3,000 youth with A only messages, sensitize 600 religious leaders & parents to do AB messaging & mentoring of youth, & integrate AB into 20 church & community programs. It will also run youth-weekend camps & holiday clubs when school is in recess to promote AB activities for an additional 3,000 youth.
The Walvis Bay Multi-Purpose Center (WBMPC) will continue to use multi-media participatory drama & peer education to promote AB messages & other HIV/AIDS preventive behaviors. In FY07, the program plans to support 9 local schools to identify & develop opportunities for new AB initiatives; mobilize teachers & students in these schools around abstinence (primarily) & faithfulness; train 70 peer educators to provide 9,000 students with AB information/education & referrals to WBMPC & other community
resources linking counseling, testing, & psychosocial services. WBMPC will implement 3 school holiday programs (1-2 weeks each) to provide students with HIV/AIDS education, AB interventions, & life-skills development. They will implement an AB program in the community catering to at-risk out of school youth & women. 70 peer educators will be trained to reach 9,000 individuals out of a 40,000 catchment population in Walvis Bay.
The Sam Nujoma Multi-Purpose Center in Ongwediva aims to reach 2,000 in-school youth primarily with A only message & about 6,000 out of school youth (of which 2,500 are youth workers in local SME) with AB messages in FY07 by training 120 peer educators in local schools. They will incorporate results from an FY06 evaluation of their curriculum, & ensure that AB messages are consistent. Peace Corps volunteers will also support this program to increase program cross-fertilization and community ownership.
The Rhennish AIDS Program will work with 16 church congregations in Hardap, Erongo, & Khomas regions to train 32 volunteers as peer educators. The volunteers will reach 1,170 youth with AB messages & 240 school-going youth with A only messages through implementation of youth camps, CAA's Stepping Stones & Adventures Unlimited curriculum.
The Namibian Nature Foundation will reach rural conservancy committees in 10 of the 13 regions of Namibia, and enable the extension of the HIV/AIDS Prevention Program to two additional regions. Currently, 8 new conservancies are in the process of being registered and 30 are currently under development (in addition to the 44 registered ones). More PLWHA support groups will form, and referral systems for accessing care, support, and treatment services will be carefully monitored and facilitated. The program will also continue to assist conservancies to explore more income generating activities to support AIDS affected households. Th conservancies use small grants to support implementation of activities that encourage abstinence until marriage, fidelity in marriage or other sexual relationships, and partner reduction. A strategic partnership between NNF and Acquire/Engender Health will also ensure that technical assistance is provided to conservancy structures tackling male norms and behaviors in rural contexts, and allow gender-sensitive training approaches to be adopted for the implementation of HIV/AIDS prevention services, and linkages to care and treatment in conservancies.
These AB programs will work closely under PACT to harmonize AB prevention messages, ensure that interventions are strategically targeted, culturally appropriate, & integrate strategies addressing gender norms, & provide referrals to other prevention services, if needed. Pact will also incorporate HIV/AIDS prevention messages in a nationally-distributed Youth Paper that will reach 100,000 youth.
The USG has been implementing community & workplace HIV/AIDS prevention programs through two multi-purpose community centers in Ondangwa & Erongo regions, & one private sector advocacy organization with nationwide coverage since 2003. In FY07, Pact will support these organizations to advance their HIV/AIDS prevention interventions, target high risk behaviors & practices of employed & unemployed sexually active populations, & use a combination of peer education, interpersonal communications, & group discussion sessions to promote positive norms & behaviors. This will also be reinforced at the community, family, & personal level through targeted outreach, recruitment, & mobilization of peer educators that can be engaged as change agents to create a supportive environment promoting & maintaining behaviors such as correct & consistent condom use among sexually active partners, & reduction of sexual networks to stop the spread of new HIV infections. Pact will provide organizational capacity building support (PACT OHPS # 8037) to ensure that these organizations remain viable HIV/AIDS service delivery partners. At the same time, Pact will provide focused technical assistance to develop the technical capacity of sub-grantees to implement quality prevention programs that promote consistent prevention messages. Specific program targets, populations, & activities are described below for each sub-partner:
The Walvis Bay (WBMPC) & Sam Nujoma Multi-Purpose Centers (SNMPC) aim to reduce the rate of HIV infection in their communities & through the privare sector by (1) offering prevention services at community Centers (largely for older, out-of-school youth) which are linked to counseling, testing, & treatment referrals; (2) providing workplace interventions for the private sector; & 3) offering HIV/AIDS education for in-& out-of-school youth. With previous USG support they have conducted HIV/AIDS awareness sessions to increase knowledge & practice of safer sex, in addition to recruiting & training volunteers as Peer Educators to increase knowledge of prevention of sexual transmission, obtain skills to conduct monthly outreach sessions, & undergo refresher trainings to increase messages about partner reduction & reduce risky sexual behaviors. Additionally, they have trained out-of-school youth in computer literacy & health outreach & counseling, building the capacity of local out-of-school youth to find gainful employment. In FY07, these organizations will be provided with targeted technical assistance to shift program indicators from output & outcome level, to actually monitoring behavior change. The program will also seek technical assistance from ACQUIRE/Engender Health to increase male involvement in peer outreach & education activities, & be supported by a regional technical advisor or organization that has considerable expertise in prevention of sexual transmission of HIV/AIDS.
The workplace programs developed by these Centers provide HIV/AIDS awareness education to private businesses, government institutions & parastatals. The programs build the capacity of select individuals to provide on-going education to their peers, using previously developed training manuals & IEC materials. Both centers work with Peace Corps volunteers that will soon be transitioned to local staff that have been receiving technical support. To partially sustain activities, the Centers charge the private sector for workplace training packages (on a fee-for- services basis), & charge general public users of the Centers for computer classes & catering services provided by the centers' respective youth & PLWHA groups.
WBMPC activities for FY07 will include information sessions for 50 local company managers in fishing & other port industries to illustrate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the workplace & the benefits of implementing a workplace program. Also, MPC Health Educators will: conduct weekly outreach sessions in local bars targeting 2,000 high risk individuals including truckers, CSW, seafarers, port & dock workers; & conduct 15 HIV/AIDS awareness sessions within the small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) sector to reach over 400 workers. Additionally, 100 new Peer Educators will be trained & the 180 peer educators deployed in 2005/6 will be provided with refresher training & support through monthly meetings convened at the WBMPC, who will reach over 5,000 workers. WBPMC also will continue to design & publish a quarterly newsletter for distribution to peer educators. WBMPC will train 60 Community Peer Educators & sponsor motivational talks in the community at large on HIV/AIDS, prevention, treatment, correct & consistent condom use & issues of stigma & discrimination. Over 16,450 people will be reached through these community awareness sessions & IEC events.
The SNMPC will reach over 2,500 workers in the local SME sector & other
workplaces using 50 trained health outreach workers (who typically are out-of-school youth attending the MPC). The MPC will train a total of 120 people (50 counted under A&B) in peer education & outreach health education through 12 workshops, & conduct 60 IEC events for 4,000 people in the community.
The Chamber of Mines (CoM) is a private advocacy organization consisting of 56 member organizations with over 10,000 employees. Originally constituted for the promotion, protection, & support of the mining industry, CoM began working in HIV/AIDS in 1996. As a result of this initial support, the CoM developed an HIV/AIDS awareness, prevention & care program that is currently being implemented at 19 member sites & workplaces. This comprehensive workplace program uses the same curriculum as the Multipurpose centers, targeting mainly the private sector, & particularly employees & their dependants in the mining industry, Namport, Telecom, Namibian Breweries & other non-mining industries. In FY05, USG funds supported one staff member & leveraged another position through mining organizations' contributions to CoM, materials development, & logistics (cost-shared with CoM & individual companies) to support implementation of this program, which reached 12,000 workers & community members. In FY07, the CoM aims to reach approximately 14,000 workers, their families, & community members through training & retraining of 300 peer educators & hosting of IEC events, HIV/AIDS awareness sessions, & one-on-one interpersonal communications. CoM will continue to mainstream its workplace program for peer education & community outreach to employees' families & communities within its overall Occupational Health & Safety Program—in order to extend the reach of its HIV/AIDS interventions. The program also provides education & information on the correct & consistent use of condoms, as well as making condoms available to employees & their families.
All PACT prevention activities will be modified in FY07 to address changes needed after an FY06 objective evaluation of critical prevention messages used in curricula & outreach efforts. Greater efforts will be made to increase gender sensitivity & address gender norms & stereotypes that might be fueling the epidemic.
The PACT community-home based palliative care (CHBC) program uses a combination of grants and targeted technical assistance to support five faith-based organizations to deliver quality community and home-based palliative care throughout all 13 regions of Namibia. The program builds the necessary organizational capacity which must be in place in order for indigenous organizations to be viable and growing HIV/AIDS service delivery organizations in Namibia. At the same time, the organizational capacity program component is coupled with a focused technical assistance plan dedicated to developing the technical capacity of sub grantees to delivery quality HIV/AIDS palliative services on the ground. As a result, PACT/Namibia provides a full continuum of comprehensive HIV prevention, palliative and treatment adherence services for its _(insert # reached)_ active clients (which represents a _(insert %)_ increase in PLWHA served since 2004).
Namibia has a very strong FBO sector through its many churches and faith-based organizations; 75% of Namibians are church members and almost all community level care is organized through churches, especially the Lutheran and Catholic denominations with which most Namibians affiliate. All sub grantees are faith-based organizations (ELCAP, ELCIN, AFMAA, TKMOAMS, and CAA), mobilized by Namibian church congregations who were motivated by the overwhelming needs of PLWHA and their families. In COP 07, the Lutheran Church's programs ELCAP and ELCIN will improve the quality CHBC services delivered in the north and central/southern parts of the country. This includes ELCAP support to vulnerable constituencies in the Hardap, Otjozondjupa, Erongo, Omaheke, Kunene, Khomas and Otkikoto regions in the north and central parts of Namibia with expansion to Karas Region. ELCIN will deliver CHBC services where ELCAP is not operating in Oshikoto and Otjozondjupa regions, and will continue their services in Oshana, Ohangwena, Omusati, Erongo, Kavango and Caprivi regions of Namibia. ELCAP will train over 600 volunteers and 310 church elders from 60 congregations to provide CHBC for 1,200 PLWHA, including the development of 25 PLWHA support groups. ELCIN will build upon village-based Lutheran parishes to mobilize, train, support and monitor 60 groups of volunteers (including 300 new volunteers) and 50 church leaders to provide care for over 3,000 clients, including support for 5 active PLWHA groups. The AFM AIDS Action program will continue to fill a critical gap by reaching PLWHA in under-served rural northern areas, including the Maize-triangle area and Khoi-San communities, reaching over 300 PLWHA through its nine HOPE groups. TKMOAMS, based in northern Oshakati, will provide CHBC in 38 constituencies in four north/central regions of Namibia (Ohangwena, Omusati, Oshana, and Oshikoto), reaching more than 2,000 clients via CHBC and 5 PLWHA support groups in Omusati, Oshana, and Oshikoto regions. Lastly, CAA will have 1600 active volunteers providing services for 7,250 HIV positive clients and their families in Caprivi, Erongo, Hardap, Karas, Kavango, Khomas, Omaheke and Omusati regions of Namibia. CAA initiated a pilot program in COP06 in the Omusati region which integrated supportive supervision of volunteers by a trained palliative care nurse, palliative care training, key preventive care services, treatment adherence and symptom and pain management into the home based care program. Following the successful initiation of the pilot in FY06, CAA will expand this model to three additional offices in Oshikuku, Rundu, and Katatura in COP07 with support by three additional nurses and an additional 650 volunteers. Technical support and training will continue to be provided by the Africa Palliative Care Association and a targeted evaluation of this model is proposed in COP07.
In FY07, PACT will ensure its sub grantees use a combined facility based approach and a community based approach to build an effective continuum of care for PLWHA. This will involve building closer partnerships between sub grantees and the FBO and Government hospitals, establishing and strengthening bi-directional referral mechanisms, addressing barriers to transportation in rural Namibia, strengthening the home-based care kit supply chain, and integrating professional supervision of volunteers to build a stronger care continuum for HIV positive clients. In FY06, the five sub grantees began to strengthen elements of the preventive care package as a part of their standard of care services delivered for PLWHA. This largely included mobilizing and ensuring access to counseling and testing in communities, clinical nutrition counseling and HIV prevention messaging in addition to the spiritual, emotional and social care services that sub grantees already offer in the FY04 and FY05-supported program. In FY07, PACT/Namibia community and home-based care sub grantees plan to provide a wider range of preventive care services, including improved provision of counseling and testing services; expanded access to co-trimoxizole prophylaxis for children and adult PLWHA according to the national guidelines; improved routine screening for TB of all PLWHA and household members;
enhanced clinical nutritional counseling including infant and young child safe feeding practices, provision of micronutrient supplementation according to WHO standards and nutrition referrals; treatment adherence support; expanded child survival interventions for HIV positive children including routine immunizations, referrals for growth monitoring and integrated infant and young child safe feeding messages; and support for ITNs and malaria prevention messages in 4 of the 9 malarious regions of Namibia (Kavango, Caprivi, Omaheke and Omusati). PACT/Namibia will partner with JHU/Nawa Life Trust (Activity #7464) to strengthen the communication skills of volunteers to deliver focused A, B and C prevention messages and equipping volunteers with tools to mobilize community access to condoms and essential services for PLWHA which may reduce risk (e.g. family planning, PMTCT services). All services described are delivered via CHBC and support groups as described above.
In COP07, all five sub grantees are increasing male involvement in their programs by training more men as peer educators and CHBC volunteers. Screening and referral for gender-based violence will become a part of every community volunteer's package of care. Catholic AIDS Action will scale-up Male Community Meetings, introduced in early 2006, for men to discuss what they can do to address HIV/AIDS, gender-based violence and alcohol abuse in their communities. They will also expand the very successful ‘men's-only' CHBC groups from two groups to four groups. TKMOAMS will also train an additional 30 male peer educators and male volunteers in their geographic areas. As a part of the PACT technical assistance plan, PACT/Namibia will work to standardize CHBC training and skill development across sub grantees by promoting standardized training, supportive supervision of caregivers and equipping partners with simplified tools and the current national training materials for home based care providers. Sub grantees will also learn and integrate best practices from the Omaheke Health and Education Programme (OHEP), cited by the MOHSS as a best practice in the delivery of quality community and home based care in Namibia. PACT will utilize support by one of the larger sub grantees, Catholic AIDS Action, to provide mentorship and technical support to other sub grantees.
USG has been working with churches, their faith-based affiliates and relevant line ministries to implement OVC programs since 2001. In FY07, PACT will continue to provide funding to OVC partners focusing on strengthening community and family systems to sustainably and effectively deliver quality services to OVC. PACT will strengthen organizational & technical capacity of partners, & work with the MGECW to coordinate efforts with regional OVC forums. Pact will map service delivery sites, linking famlies to pall care, tx, & prevention programs which enable OVC & remaining parent/guardians to access testing, tx, & care. PACT grantees will link to ACQUIRE (#8030) to reduce vulnerability of female OVC, & AED's education program under MOE to access small grants for OVC in overlapping service sites. PACT will access technical assistance to organizations through national & regional sources, & foster networking & formation of an OVC technical working group among partners. Overall achievement of program goals & linkages to nat'l systems will be monitored, with the goal of sustainability of interventions. At the nat'l level, PACT will participate in the OVC Permanent Task Force & provide capacity building support to the MGECW's Child Allowance Division. PACT will fund a few key positions recommended by a USAID-UNICEF assessment/gap analysis, provided that the positions are approved by the MGECW & fit within the overall GRN structure. Over the long-term, the positions will be absorbed by the MGECW. PACT will support the MGECW to assess the effectiveness of their social welfare grants, & support the development of a national database to register, track & support services rendered to OVC. The partners below form a core group that aims to ensure OVC have access to quality services & are provided with counseling & other opportunities to improve integrating effectively into Namibian society. PACT will establish consensus among USG implementing partners on what is quality OVC service, how to measure partner's performance in delivering OVC services, & ensure consistency & minimum standards are met across partners in collaboration with MGECW. PACT will coordinate leveraging support across sectors to include agriculture, shelter, education & legal services. The range of services & strategies planned for FY07 are as follows: 1.At the regional level, 2 Lutheran partners, ELCAP and ELCIN, will continue to serve OVC as an outgrowth of their existing home-based care programs. Both organizations have trained their volunteers to identify most vulnerable OVC & provide them with psychosocial support & grief counseling. In FY07, ELCIN will serve 2500 OVC (primarily in the north) focusing on the following objectives: registration of OVC; train/retrain 725 volunteers in psychosocial support; mobilize church & congregant resources in their communities; work with traditional leaders to leverage communal land for agricultural activities; & support micro-finance projects with other USG partners (Project Hope #3779). ELCAP will build the capacity of an additional 113 family & community caregivers (primarily in the central & southern regions of the country) to provide psychosocial support, counseling & referral, & direct material aid to 1,500 OVC. It will train information providers, community leaders, traditional leaders & local resource people on the rights of disadvantaged OVC in Namibia to increase OVC access to free education, healthcare, & social grants, & will organize self-help projects within communities. 2. CAA is Namibia's largest provider of community-based support to OVC, reaching 17500 OVCs in FY07. Psychosocial support, supervision, & advocacy will occur through trained volunteers at the community level, supervised by CAA full time staff. In FY07 a WRAP AROUND F&Nprogram with WFP will provide supplemental food for 20,000 OVC. 9,000 children will receive school uniforms. CAA begins supporting children before they are orphaned, helping HIV+ parents with their planning & transition. Once a parent dies, CAA continues to work with OVC caregivers in the community to provide support. This includes referrals for medical intervention, education, supplemental food, support groups, after-school programs, grief counseling, & advocacy. In FY07 CAA, in collaboration with other USG partners & the MGECW, will implement, monitor & evaluate minimum standards for volunteer visits to OVC in home, community & hostel settings. CAA's Saving Remnant program, which provides scholarships to OVC to access higher education through wrap-around resources, has placed 300 "best and brightest" OVC into secondary education. 3. PT provides OVC support through peer education, psychosocial support/structured group therapy, experiential learning, & youth leadership. Following on FY05/06 activities, in FY07 PT will train 120 group leaders (48 in psycho social support & 72 in counseling & group therapy). The Youth Leaders will run 15 kids clubs, which will emphasize overcoming fears & loss while imparting life-skills & knowledge of HIV prevention & care. The Youth Leaders will reach 2,207 OVCs through Kids Clubs, which meet biweekly or monthly to address needs & organize recreational activities.
4. CAFO assists congregations to develop OVC programs within communities. Currently, CAFO works with 360 member congregations to build capacity by training 100 members on small grants management & advocacy. In FY07, CAFO will serve 1500 OVC with small grants & train 50 individuals & organizations in strategic information, oversight, & project management. 5. TKMOAMS will train 38 volunteers, caregivers, & community counselors to reach 1,500 OVC with psychosocial support, life skills education & supplemental food in 4 north central regions. They will provide school uniforms as needed, run day camps, & offer vocational training to OVC. To ensure sustainability, TKMOAMS will support some OVCs & PLWHA to start up IGAs. 6. The Rhenish Church (RC) will provide assistance to OVC in Erongo, Hardap, & Khomas - covering all the Rhennish congregations in Namibia. By training volunteers as caregivers, promoting full OVC educational enrollment, & building the capacity of 12 local churches, it hopes to directly serve 200 OVCs. 120 volunteers will be trained in OVC care & HIV prevention (links to A/B). 7. AFM will continue providing in depth & qualitative services to OVCs through its cadre of 100 trained OVC coordinators & volunteers, trained in psychosocial support for OVC & in functioning as role models & mentors to community caregivers. AFM expects to serve 300 OVCs through its 3 Hope Clubs. 8. The Sam Nujoma Multi-Purpose Center will serve 360 OVCs through educational tutoring, organized recreation & sports, youth empowerment, HIV prevention, food/nutrition support, & vocational training. 60 trained caregivers will be trained to provide support, monitor referrals, & link OVC to health, social welfare, & legal services. Additional $55,000 will provide more in-depth training on monitoring and evaluation for OVC activities. Additional COP 07 Plus up funds will allow PACT to address some of the key recommendations that arise from a May 2007 HR Assessment of the capacity of the Ministry of Gender Equality and Child Welfare to implement the National Plan of Action for OVC. Activities such as filling immediate HCD gaps with short-term on-the-job training and long-term pre-service degree training (e.g. bursaries for degrees in social work) will be undertaken. Additional technical assistance, capacity building, and HR support will be provided to the MGECW to fill social work positions at the national and regional level, and enable a greater number of OVC to access the MGECW's social welfare grant system. Resources will also be used to support stronger private partnerships between NGOs under PACT and the business sector, and tie approximately 200 OVC to the job market.
The USG goal of building institutional capacity in Namibia is to increase the effectiveness and capacity of indigenous partners to achieve expanded and quality services while managing their own financial and human resources. Pact's comprehensive capacity building package of support for the year will place a premium on interventions that improve upon organizational and institutional sustainability, and can use programmatic data for effective decision making. In FY07, Pact will work with 15 local non-governmental, faith-based, and community based partners (as well as the key government Ministry of Gender Equity and Child Welfare) on two important levels: improving organizational effectiveness and strengthening technical capacity for monitoring and evaluation of prevention, care and support activities. Pact will conduct initial organizational assessments by analyzing key areas of risk in organizational management including finance and strategic planning. Pact will subsequently work with each partner to develop a tailored plan that institutes a phased capacity building agenda based upon the organization's strengths and weaknesses. Pact will conduct start-up workshops that address initial administrative matters for all grantees, and provide comprehensive M&E training for partners to manage, implement, and strengthen their own programs. This training and capacity building will vary according to the risks identified in the initial assessments, but partners will benefit from participatory workshops that strategically link organizations through learning networks around focal technical areas. Pact will strengthen many of the foundational areas of organizational effectiveness including basic USG EP Guidance and Reporting, M&E, Financial Accountability, Program Management and Planning, and Quality Assurance. As appropriate, Pact will access and support the provision of technical assistance from selected regional and international partners for local partners to support them in expanding their technical capacity. The vision is eventually to graduate partners from managed program support to direct funding over time by improving their capacity to function independently as an organization.
Pact will employ a full-time M&E specialist to ensure improved data management and subsequent measurement of program progress, with particular focus on establishing clear data protocols (and related implementation plans) that address improved quality in service provision. Pact also will access training on use of software for data management and procure relevant software.
Evaluation outcomes from the USG COP06 prevention assessments -- in particular the efficacy of peer education programs and AB and other prevention curricula -- will be used to inform implementing agency programming for COP07.
The USG goal of building institutional capacity in Namibia is to increase the effectiveness and capacity of indigenous partners to achieve expanded and quality services while managing their own financial and human resources. In FY07, Pact will work with 15 local non-governmental, faith-based, and community based partners (as well as the key government Ministry of Gender Equity and Child Welfare) on two important levels: improving organizational effectiveness and strengthening technical capacity for implementation of prevention, care and support activities. Pact will conduct initial organizational capacity assessments by analyzing key areas of risk in organizational management including financial and strategic planning. Pact will subsequently work with each partner to develop a tailored plan that institutes a phased capacity building agenda based upon the organization's strengths and weaknesses. Pact will conduct start-up workshops that address initial administrative matters for all grantees, and provide comprehensive M&E training for partners to manage, implement, and strengthen their own programs. The training and capacity building will vary according to the risks identified in the initial assessments, but partners will benefit from participatory workshops that strategically link organizations through learning networks around focal areas. Pact will strengthen many of the foundational areas of organizational effectiveness including basic USG Emergency Plan Guidance and Reporting, M&E, Financial Accountability, Program Management and Planning, and Quality Assurance. As appropriate, Pact will access and support the provision of technical assistance from selected regional and international partners to local partners to support them in expanding their technical capacity. The vision is eventually to graduate partners from managed program support to direct funding over time by improving their capacity to function independently as an organization.
The Namibia Institute for Democracy will be engaged as a key technical assistance partner to further assess and strengthen the cohort as advocates with improved skills to lobby, inform and monitor government for improved policies and services and concurrently hold government accountable to their constituents. For example, government policy, in particular for the Ministry of Education regarding teacher conduct, will be discussed at constituency level with local leaders and relevant NGOs/CBOs with the aim of protecting vulnerable adolescent girls and holding elected leaders accountable for reported cases of abuse. This intervention will be closely coordinated with the UNICEF supported Women and Child Protection Units throughout the country.
Pact's comprehensive capacity building package of support for the year will place a premium on interventions that improve upon organizational and institutional sustainability. In addition to these interventions, individual partner activities under this program area are as follows:
The AIDS Law Unit (ALU) is a project of the Legal Assistance Centre (LAC), a not-for-profit public interest law centre. The ALU addresses issues of discrimination on the basis of HIV status and provides an avenue for remedies for people with HIV and AIDS who have been discriminated against on the basis of their HIV status. The ALU focuses on the program areas of Community Mobilization, Information, Education and Communication, development of Policies and Guidelines, Training and Workplace Programs, as well as other areas described below. The chief activities of the ALU under COP07 will be:
Policy formulation and law reform: The ALU will review legislative and policy instruments to make recommendations that enhance the protection of PLWHA, as well as enhancing access to legal and health services for PLWHA, including access to social grants. Where necessary this may include drafting law reform proposals to support adequate and appropriate provision of HIV/AIDS in laws that affect access to treatment for HIV, including laws concerning intellectual property rights, and trade.
Litigation and legal advice: The ALU, through its coordinator and project lawyer, renders legal advice to persons with or affected by HIV/AIDS and conducts public interest impact legislation on behalf of persons with HIV/AIDS with a view to establishing human rights principles as a public health response to the AIDS epidemic in Namibia.
Advocacy: This will take the form of initiating discussions with decision makers in government and the private sector to ensure the adoption of appropriate policies and legal mechanisms to address HIV/AIDS and discrimination. ALU will work with senior management, employer's associations, and trade unions in the private sector to prevent
and mitigate the impact of HIV/AIDS on the workplace in Namibia and reduce the vulnerability of children due to the epidemic.
Education, training and awareness raising: The ALU will have 13 Regional workshops focusing on thematic areas related to HIV and the law, as well as 4 workshops on the OVC Policy and related matters. These will be targeted primarily at decision makers, service providers, employer and employee organizations, health care and social workers, educators, churches and community-based organizations to raise awareness about HIV/AIDS as a rights issue and to educate people about the importance of a rights based approach to HIV in mitigating the impact of HIV/AIDS on the workplace and in reducing the vulnerability of children due to HIV/AIDS.